“I am the effin Post-Brexit Universe. All I got to sort out now, is how to reverse time, back to 2016 when it all went, arse upwards.”
Extract from participant monologue.
We are between two worlds, and the world that hasn’t yet been created is on the horizon. Never more so than at this point do we need to create and make manifest the ‘other world.
‘And so, we start: We start from the cracks, the fissures, the rents. We start from being angry and lost, because that is where we live, that is where we are. Perhaps it is a strange place to start, but we are looking for a strange thing. We are looking for hope in a dark night’.
John Holloway, Crack Capitalism (2010)
In the face of turbulent times, Arcola 50+ present a new devised production that attempts to explore the stories behind the headlines and the stories at the intersection of politics and our lives. Led by directors Jessica Amery and Nicola Hollinshead, come and meet our Dissenting Adults who have something to say, now.
Nicola Hollinshead – Co-facilitator and director
Dissenting Adults was a devised theatre project created with the Arcola 50+ community group for ‘Creative Disruption Festival 2018‘.
The evolution of Dissenting Adults has been powered by a company with diverse experiences but a shared passion to tell stories. The show is a melting pot of stories that have come from rehearsal explorations of direct refugee crisis, refugee aid work, working-class status, protest, punishment, tuning in with nature and striving for fun. Above all we are displaying our resistance to break downs in humanity caused by fractured societies and political ideals.
We faced theatrical decisions about whether to send the audience a message or present what ‘just is’ for each of us. We toyed with diving into the darkness or focusing on the journey towards hope.
Dissenting Adults is an amalgamation of such quests with company members challenging themselves as actors, as writers and as storytellers. We are grateful to the company for their personal explorations and generation of material throughout the process.
As directors coming from Applied Theatre studies and perspectives, we value the input of each company member and helping to shape their ideas and value all voices of the community. We have brought together our variation of theatrical skills to power the political of the Dissenting Adults production.